Cold – Podcast Review

In this Episode I talk about my experience with true crime podcast Cold hosted by Dave Cawley. At the time of recording the KSL|Wondery podcast had not yet entirely wrapped up its run, but had garnered a lot of buzz and fans.

PodApplaud-Cold (Transcript)

Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast addiction. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to talk about about the Podcast: Cold.

Cold is a True Crime investigation podcast, that chronologically goes through an investigation of Susan Powell, who vanished on Dec. 7, 2009.  There are currently 13 episodes, each episode is close to a full hour with little deviation. There is also a short Prelude to the show you can check out to gauge your interest. The language used in the show is clean, but listener discretion is obviously advised.

I’ll let the show’s description lead my discussion into this chilling show: Susan Powell’s body has never been found. From the beginning, West Valley City, Utah police suspected Susan’s husband, Josh Powell, had murdered her. They never arrested him. Cold dives deep into the case files, uncovering never-before-heard details. You’ll learn why Susan stayed with an abusive husband, why Josh did what he did and how the justice system failed Susan and her two boys.  

It has been inescapable, I have seen recommendations and praise for Cold everywhere on the internet, Twitter, reddit, Facebook, articles and other podcasts have even lauded Cold. I had Cold feet going into the show because I’m personally not a huge True Crime fan. I would more likely classify myself as a mystery fan, who gets a bit squeamish when delving into the depths of human depravity.. Regardless the pure extent of Cold’s hype drew me to this cast. Do it regret it? Well…No.

Going into the show I had expected little deviation from typical true crime journalistic style, and to be fair, that is what I got. While the genre as a whole feels played out to me, Cold must be commended for its execution. The Audio is brilliant, scenes that are troubling roil with a score that sets such a icy uneasy mood. The quality of Dave Cawley’s investigation and reporting speaks for itself, as the show has gotten exclusive audio, recordings, documents, and interviews with individuals who had declined interviews until now. The story is told with the utmost loyalty to the facts in chronological order, which I enjoy a lot more than some true crime shows that move around events in effort to tell the most engrossing version of the tale possible. The other most important factor towards the quality of the show is the inclusion of retired police detective Ellis Maxwell who led the Susan Powell case. Ellis’ first hand account of the investigation constantly drives the podcast forward from plot point to plot point, giving us the inside details of police activity and the strategies they employed in solving the case. It is rare that the public ever gets to see behind the curtains with such clarity the inner workings of police attempting everything in their power to solve the case. We are used to media barraging the authorities with questions and casting doubt on the process when police must remain tight-lipped so as not to compromise their investigation. For me this is what elevates Cold beyond a chilling horror story.

Listening to Cold had me feeling moments of concern, panic, and deep sadness. I felt  disgusted, and horrified at times too. Yet despite a lot of these feelings I’d rather not be subjected too, I kept listening. TRUE CRIME! Why you do this?


Ok so here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! So for me, a man with far too much time on his hands I would give Cold 4/5, a Round of Applause. If you want your True Crime to be more tight and punchy, or presented by humorous hosts, this rating may not hold true for you!

I would greatly recommend this cast if you want the ENTIRE Susan Powell story, if that story is a complete mystery to you (as it was for me), or you have an interest in the behind closed doors world of a police investigation.
So that’s been the show for today I hope you found it valuable If you wish to reach out to me you can find me on twitter @podapplaud or send an email to podapplaud@gmail.com Thank you for listening, and please tune in again.